Rosie Darling Shares Sophomore EP ‘Golden Age’ featuring new single “What A Convincing Illusion” via Nettwerk

August 12, 2022 BY Jason Currell

Boston-born, LA-based artist Rosie Darling shares her sophomore EP Golden Agealong with her new single “What A Convincing Illusion” via Nettwerk. Quietly confident, exuberantly passionate, and creatively inclined, Rosie is the kind of anomaly who pushes pop music forward by uncompromisingly embracing her artistic impulses and following them to unprecedented heights.

Chronicling her journey as an individual striving for connection in crowded Los Angeles, Rosie Darling’s second project keeps her emotions at the forefront as she navigates the isolation of a two-year pandemic. The Golden Age EP finds Darling exploring the longing of partiality, the regret of wasted time, and the prospects of what could’ve been during a time where connection and loneliness converge more than ever before.

“This EP means so much to me as it is another collection of songs that I have been working on over the last few years, especially during a global pandemic,” says Rosie Darling. “Finding an outlet for all my fears, dreams, hopes, and heartbreaks was necessary during such a time of uncertainty. Creating this project allowed me to find flashes of my youth and ‘Golden Age’ within the chaos of everything else that is constantly changing around me.”

New single “What A Convincing Illusion” is a tender slice of subdued indie-pop. The track is driven by unapologetic lyricism and a true sense of authenticity that Rosie brings to every track. Thematically, “What A Convincing Illusion” deals with the lessons we learn from past relationships and trying to avoid those same mistakes on our next go around. 

On her latest single, Rosie expresses: “‘What A Convincing Illusion’ is a song looking back on a failed relationship and seeing it with clarity now that it’s over. It can be hard to take off the rose-colored glasses and examine the truths of a relationship while it’s still happening, but when you look back, you see everything as it truly was, especially if that’s not in a positive light.”

The EP also features the singles Always Almost,” “Fucked Up Summer,” and Golden Age,” which were all were accompanied by music videos directed by Laura Lynn Patrick. “Always Almost” is an achingly gentle effort made by a hopeless romantic for hopeless romantics. While “Fucked Up Summer” is a glitchy, anthemic bop about falling out of love and the pain behind young heartbreak. The EP’s title track, “Golden Age,” is an unfeigned, emphatic pop endeavor as Rosie broods over wasted youth.

For the Golden Age EP, Rosie worked with writers Matt Rad (Niall Horan, James Arthur, Little Mix), Justin Gamella (FINNEAS, Bella Poarch, Lennon Stella, Ashe, Aoki, Kaskade), Cooper Holtzsman (Zachary Knowles, Dixie) and Grammy Award-winning mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer, Tony Bennett).

On September 28, Rosie will head out with labelmate and fellow songwriter Caleb Hearn on a string of West Coast dates, beginning in Seattle, WA. For ticket Info, visit

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“Golden Age” EP Tracklisting:

1. Golden Age

2. Say Less

3. Fucked Up Summer

4. What A Convincing Illusion

5. Always Almost

Tour Dates:

September 28th – Seattle, WA @ Barboza

September 29rd – Portland, OR @ Mission Theatre

October 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room @ The Observatory

October 3 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room @ House Of Blues San Diego

October 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Peppermint Club

About Rosie Darling:

Intense emotional growth is often the best fuel for a musician’s creative fire, and Rosie Darling has certainly turned pain into beauty on her debut EP Coping (via Nettwerk). With the release of each new track, Darling earned press support from FLAUNT, EARMILK, Under The Radar, PopMatters, Wonderland, and more, while garnering 60+ YouTube features and an ever-loyal fanbase. With her first single and artist statement – “Coping” – Rosie amassed 40 million+ combined streams, charting on 14 different Spotify Viral 50 charts, landing Top 20 on the Global Viral Chart. A talented team of songwriters, producers, and engineers reached out from the onset, wanting to collaborate, including Justin Gammella (FINNEAS, Ashe), producer Andy Seltzer (Chelsea Cutler, Shallou, Joan), mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Florence, and the Machine), and Joe Laporta (Halsey, JP Saxe, Gracie Abrams). Coping is a time capsule, capturing the messier side of love and friendship, from heartbreak and loneliness to joyous revelry. It’s an intimate window into Rosie’s life, encased in a vulnerable kind of indie-pop. In the loneliness of her 20s in isolation and amidst an increasingly digital world, Golden Age captures big, pent-up feelings from the past two years and pairs them with her signature flowing melodies and gut-wrenching lyrics.